Newly released video shows Suge Knight running over two men

Mon Mar 9, 2015 9:20pm EDT
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By Daina Beth Solomon and Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A videotape posted on celebrity news website TMZ on Monday shows Marion "Suge" Knight running over two men with his pick-up truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand, killing one of them, in an incident that led to hit-and-run charges against the rap mogul.

The graphic video appears to support prosecutors' contention that Knight deliberately struck Cle "Bone" Sloan and Terry Carter with his red Ford F-150 on Jan. 29 following an altercation in the driveway of Tam's Burgers in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Sloan, 51, survived his injuries but Carter, 55, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Matthew Fletcher, who formally took over as Knight's attorney during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, told reporters that the video would help exonerate his client because it showed him fleeing an ambush at the fast-food restaurant.

"When you're attacked ... you have every right to defend yourself," he said. "There's no duty to retreat, there's no duty to hide or cower. You have the right to leave." 

Fletcher said the video also shows a third man removing a gun from Sloan as he lay on the ground injured, helping prove the defense argument that Knight, 49, had been lured to Tam's burgers for an attack.

The videotape, which appears to have been shot by a security camera at the fast-food stand, begins with Knight pulling quickly into the driveway, where he is immediately confronted by Sloan.

The two men trade blows through the driver's window of the truck for about 20 seconds before Knight reverses the vehicle, knocking Sloan to the ground.   Continued...

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court in Los Angeles, California March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/Pool